As a Volunteer, there are roles and responsibilities that come with befriending. These responsibilities are not meant to deter or discourage potential volunteers but to help and support them throughout their time with us.
A befriender is someone who, after a period of vetting and training, makes a commitment to an elderly person to spend time with them on a weekly basis. This involves 1 to 2 hours of commitment each week.
The Role of a Befriender
To offer time to an elderly person on a weekly basis for 1 to 2 hours
To build up a trusting supportive relationship with the elderly person
To establish and maintain appropriate boundaries within the befriending relationship
To be aware of and work within Befriend Motherwell’s policies, procedures, and practices
To offer acceptance and understanding to an elderly person
To be reliable and consistent
To maintain close communication with Befriend Motherwell staff through regular support and supervision
To inform staff of any concerns about the elderly person
To respect confidentiality
To work with an anti-discrimination approach
To attend additional training throughout Befriending
To attend support meetings as agreed with the Befriending Coordinator
To submit expense claims monthly.
Befriend Motherwell staff are here to help and support volunteers. As an organisation we wish to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who offer their time to help others within the community. If it was not for them then our organisation would simply not exist.